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in a month, a man pushed to his death from a new york city subway platform in the path of an oncoming train. wolf blitzer is off. i'm candy crowley. you're in "the situation room." >>> all eyes on that white house this hour. and the meeting that may be the last best chance to keep the country from going over the fiscal cliff. right now, the leaders of the house and senate are sitting down with president obama in a search for an 11th hour deal to prevent severe tax hikes and spending cuts from automatically kicking in with the new year. cnn's chief white house correspondent jessica yellin is getting new details. jess can ka, what are you hearing about that meeting? >> reporter: candy, the president is going to explain or reiterate the position he took on friday, that he would like a plan that extends tax rates for people who make $250,000 and below but raises them for those who make more than that. that it extends unemployment benefits for americans. and if the president, i'm told will say if he does not get an agreement to that plan, he will ask the other leaders what they can agree to, wha
in one of the most dangerous cities in the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with president obama getting into a new fight with republicans and it's a fight he may actually lose. this afternoon in detroit, the president blasted a package of anti-union bills. michigan republicans, governor, is ush pushing through his state's legislature. >> what we shouldn't do, i just got to say this, what we shouldn't be doing is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages and working conditions. >> even though the cheering went on for nearly half a minute, it looks like those anti-union bills may, in fact, have enough support to pass michigan's legislature, despite union threats of massive demonstrations. cnn's alison kosik is in the capital, lance, watching what's going on. explain what the fight is all about, why it's so intense. >> reporter: well, first of all, here at the michigan state capit capital, it's more about the calm before the storm. those demonstrations of thousands of people descending on the state capitol. police are gearing up
. >> reporter: to make your own? >> yes, exactly. >> reporter: at secret sites around the city, he says, medical teams will be provided with atrofine and fighting in case they resort to chemical weapons. but in reality, people can do little more than pray that syrian's war does not lead to such a catastrophe. >> arwa is back joining us once again. it's that drug that you inject it right away it might save your life if you're the victim of a chemical attack. but it looks sort of pitful right now, arwa. very little of that, very few, as you point out actual chemical suits to deal with this kind of a situation. is there any indication at all the rebels are getting from anywhere in the region that help is on the way? >> reporter: not the kind of help that they would really need, wolf. can keep in mind that a chemical attack takes place, even if it's not a first world country, even for those in the direct zone of where the strike is, there is very little that one can actually do for them. when it comes to the situation in syria, those individuals are even more vulnerable because they don't have suffi
that are being offloaded from the ships here at the terminal. about 600,000 containers move through the city of baltimore but that could all come to a grinding halt if they can't reach a deal. they move everything from our clothes to toys and electronics through the ports and into the marketplace. but a lot of those goods won't be making it to our stores if lo longshore men go on strike. if a deal can't can be reached between the shipping companies and longshore men. >> the impact would be great on the value side and cargo side. these ports are economic generators. >> richard sheer and others say the economic damage from a strike would reach well beyond the docks. >> everyone from your mom and pop retailers to the trucking company that has to go in and pick up the containers at the ports. >> coming at the same time is the fiscal cliff impasse. it's a potentially devastating one-two bunch for the u.s. economy. neither the longshore's union or alliance shipping company would allow anyone to speak on camera. but officials knowledgeable of the negotiations say it boils down to one issue. the key
of partisanship. that said, wolf, you know this city. they had the knives out for susan, a whole bunch of people. this is an old boys network. this is how it operates. they don't want women to continue to step up the ladder. this is what they do. all i'm saying is that susan is a very bright, successful woman and the way she was attacked, be david, they attacked her kwaul if i kags, they attacked her background. >> we haven't had a white men as secretary of state in, what, eight years? >> i didn't say race. i said sectionism. you understand that's a difference? >> i don't think that's what's going on. what is going on, there is a need for benghazi politics. there's the president's need to protect other people in his administration who maybe he cares about more. now, the next chapter is this. if the president goes ahead with nominating chuck hagel as secretary of defense, how will senator mccain feel that he's chosen a former republican senate of john mccain who did not support john mccain for the presidency. >> ambassador rice is very smart, tough, she's handled so many tough issues. the israeli
. to set the scene, only about 80 miles from new york city and 40 miles or so from hartford. under 2,000 people live in newtown. it's a small community not far from danbury, connecticut. peaceful and wonderful place where we heard from a lost individuals with families who moved there because the school system is considered excellent there and despite the sandy hook elementary school, kindergarten to fourth great is a wonderful school although this tragedy devastated so many folks. >> reporter: yeah. people had such high praise for the school system here and it has been described as a sleepy new england town. it's lined with beautiful homes on a very quiet road here. the shock is such an under statement to say that that's what people are saying. they just hear it over and over again that people never thought something like this can happen. >> they can't believe it and it is unbelievable, but it happened and it's real unfortunately. so real. mary, stand by. adam reece is in hoboken, new jersey across the river from new york city. he is joining us. what's the connection, explain to the
by water. >> reporter: the new york city health department is tracking emergency room visits and says following a spike immediately after the storm the rate of breathing illnesses seems to have stabilized. >> looming public health crisis may be too strong a term. it's a health risk. >> reporter: getting rid of the mold is key. still, not everybody knows how to do it properly. this is a professional mold remediation company. he says people on staten island have been coming up to him desperate to know how to clean the mold out of their homes. some of them don't have insurance and they don't have the money to pay for it. he says a lot of people here are going to start getting very, very sick. mold has taken over ann marie's home now too dangerous to enter. >> the house is covered in mold like three feet up the wall. the basic ceiling is all green and fuzzy. >> reporter: does the new york city health department have a responsibility or obligation to the folks affected by the hurricane to sign off and say your home is safe to live in? >> the building department is signing off on whether th
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